Concept Mercury Turbine Outboard Powered Bass Boat

--Efficient Engine Design Delivers Exceptional Power to Weight Ratio

-- Platform For New World Bass Boat Speed Record

 

 

Fond du Lac, WI – Mercury Racing of Fond du Lac, WI,

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turbinpwr.jpg (33181 bytes) Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) of Franklin, LA and Bryant Enterprises of Maryville, TN have teamed up to develop a concept turbine outboard powered high performance bass boat. The experimental outboard features a Rolls Royce Allison 250 series gas turbine engine mounted to a Mercury Racing 2.5 EFI Offshore outboard center section and 1.62:1 gear ratio Sport Master gearcase. This one-of-a-kind turbine outboard-powered Stroker bass boat will undergo tests in the near future in preparation to set a new American Power Boat Association (APBA) world bass boat speed record.

            Overcoming water resistance requires the continuous operation of marine engines at 70 percent or more of their full power in order to maintain cruising speeds. Similarly, aviation engines also experience continuous operation above 70 percent of their available power in order to keep an aircraft flying. Current availability of surplus aircraft turbine engines, which can be refurbished at reasonable cost, has brought turbines into the marine propulsion picture. The turbine engine, designed to run continuously at high power settings and on multiple fuels, is very reliable due to no reciprocating parts. In addition, it provides a higher power-to-weight ratio in a smaller size than either diesel or gasoline engines.

 

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A production version of the turbine-powered Mercury Racing Outboard could be a perfect alternative power source for U.S. Navy special operations forces as a substitute

for gasoline powered outboard motors.

MTT founder Ted McIntyre is well known for his design of highly competitive turbine powered offshore race boats. Founded in 1990, MTT has perfected its knowledge

of marine turbine installations and often is referred to as the marine turbine experts. Their engines have been featured in several government demonstrations to promote the feasibility and benefits of using turbine engines in government patrol boats and various military craft.

stokerbt.jpg (27692 bytes)Stroker Boats founder Charles “Chub” Bryant, doing research on the bass boat market in the mid 1980s, found a need for a high quality, purpose built high performance bass boat. Bryant has an extensive background in racing and high performance. His career expands three decades of automobile racing, including drag, oval track and off- road racing. During his research of the high performance bass boat market, people said “with your racing background and performance knowledge, why don’t you design your own boat?”

Bryant resides in East Tennessee, where the high performance bass boat originated. His goal was to build a boat that not only performs well at high speeds but one that can also handle rough water and is stable in tight turns. After two years and thousands of man hours, the Stroker bass boat hull design was completed. The high performance 21-foot boat, with an exceptionally wide 94 ˝”-inch beam, provides a stable, wide deck for anglers to fish from, carries a full tournament load and is easy to drive.

 

MTT/Mercury Racing Turbine Outboard Specifications

Horsepower                             400

Engine                                      Rolls Royce Allison 250 series gas turbine/Mercury Racing 2.5 EFI Offshore Outboard

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MTT/Mercury Racing Turbine Outboard Specifications (Concl.)

 

Engine Weight              Approx: 140 lbs. (less center section and gearcase)

Fuel                                          Diesel, kerosene jp4

Charging System             150 Amp DC generator         

 
Stroker 21 Bass Boat  - Standard Features

Standard 3 Color Boat / Built to order
Limited 5 Year Hull Warranty

Uniquely Styled Instrument Panel
8000 RPM Tach
100 MPH Speedometer
Water Pressure Gauge
Fuel Gauge
Trim Gauge
Flip up hide away bow panel
Fiberglass Stringer System
Fiberglass floor board
Sea Star Pro Hydraulic Steering System with 1500 PSI Kevlar Braided Hoses
Special Designed and Custom tailored Marine Upholstered Seats
2 Matching Pedestal Seats of your choice
Bass or Saddle seats
Adjustable rising / sliding driver seat
Wired for 12/24 Trolling motor with #6 gauge wire
100 % Composite Constriction
Plush Marine carpeting
Large Carpeted bow storage area

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Stroker 21 Bass Boat  - Standard Features (Concl.)

Removable glove box
Lockable storage compartments with aluminum lids
Foam insulated cooler

Large Tournament approved double lid divided livewell
500 GPH Mayfair livewell fill pump
Quick change cartridge pump operates on manual or timer control
Livewell recirculating system with timer controlled quick change 500 GPH pump
Manual or automatic Bilge Pump with quick change 500 GPH pump
Live well and cooler drain control
3 Battery trays tied into 1/8" aluminum glassed in
Bow and Stern lights
Courtesy lights
38 Gal. Fuel Tank

Stroker 21 Bass Boat Specifications

Construction                                         100% Hand laid Deck and Hull - AME 4000 Resin

Fuel Capacity                                       38 Gallons

Overall Length                         21 feet

Beam                                                   94 ˝ inches

Weight w/ Turbine Outboard                     2400 lbs.

 

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Editors: The Mercury Racing, MTT, Stroker tubine outboard-powered bass boat was displayed at various venues in and around New Orleans, August 1-4, in connection with the Bass Masters Classic.